Road Trip 2016

Traveling the U.S.A. by RV. First Cleveland to check out the convention, then Pensacola, then meeting up with an a college friend at his mountain retreat outside of Colorado Springs. Finally a Grand Canyon rafting trip for 6 days.
  • Day44

    Berlin, Germany

    October 8, 2014 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    On the road again. Leaving Circus Hostel as seen with the lion entrance. Best hostel I have ever stayed at, more like a boutique hotel with both dorm and private rooms.

    On the way I crossed Karl Marx Allee. I am relatively sure it was originally on the East Berlin side.

    So this time I'm really in the road taking a bus to Krakow, Poland. My rail pass doesn't cover Poland so the lowest cost and actually faster option than rail is the bus. It is a Deutsche Bahn bus operated by the German rail company and complete with WiFi, bathroom, food and drink vending machine, comfortable seats and a bathroom that you don't have to pay for.

    Looking forward to seeing Eastern Europe having only read about and seen pictures with little understanding of what is there or the cultures. I also understand it is much less expensive than Germany which makes being in the D.C. area seem like a bargain.
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  • Day39

    Berlin, Germany

    October 3, 2014 in Germany ⋅ 🌬 57 °F

    As we were walking back from the Reunification celebration we were passing by the Reichstag (pictured) and heard loud organized chants. Thinking it might be a protest we decided to check it out, hoping it wasn't a soccer level riot. Got behind the building and found they were showing a documentary about Reunification so we watched it with thousands of Berliners. Even saw a clip of Reagan saying, "Tear down this wall.", close to where he actually spoke these words.Read more

  • Day39

    Berlin, Germany

    October 3, 2014 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 61 °F

    A lot going on here as my timing to arrive in Berlin just happens to line up with German Unification Day. Yes celebrating East and West Germany reunited as one country. Many trains headed here and this place is clearly amped up for a big party.

    The Berlin HBF (main train station) is the biggest I have seen yet. It looks to have trains entering on 5 levels. Look closely and you can see a train coming in on the second level.

    View out the back of the Generator Hostel Prenzlauer which in what would have been East Berlin Soviet Sector during the cold war. I think that is a massive gymnasium and pool with a park on top. I'm betting it was used to train East German athletes but I'll have to look it up later.

    Brandenburg Gate; I'm here with Tom from Manchester who is also staying at the hostel. Coming down to see what's going of for the celebration.
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  • Day38

    Hamburg, Germany

    October 2, 2014 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Soviet Cold War Era submarine. Sometimes you go to see a site hoping to see one thing that sticks. A single visual or feeling that imprints at a level in your mind you'll never forget. I've had a number of such moments on this trip that have had that effect. In this case while viewing the officers mess in the submarine I noticed the middle picture of the Statue of Liberty and up close it has cross hairs from a periscope. Hard to know if it's real or just motivational propaganda but I checked the tack and it looked 40 years old and as though it hadn't been removed in as many years.Read more

  • Day38

    Hamburg, Germany

    October 2, 2014 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    I am declaring this my single greatest travel blog post ever solely because this is such a great collection of pictures. Hamburg is beautiful but it's also got a lot of quirky stores in the red light district where as usual my hostel is located.

    If you have a scary armless manequin why not put it right in front of your establisment?

    At this train station right in the widow you can shop for candy and toys while you can get a mag with topless gal on the cover.

    Asia Hung? Not what she said...
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  • Day37

    Europe

    October 1, 2014 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 59 °F

    I've now traveled 3,075 miles or for my European friends 4098 Km or the cross country distance of the United states from Jupiter, Florida to Ocean Creek, Washington. All by rail so far starting in Paris and now in I'm in Hamburg. Many miles to go as I cover eastern Europe. I think it is important to do Europe by rail at least once even if you can go from Berlin to London for $40 euro on Easy Jet most any time. You see things by rail you don't see by plane. I came through Switzerland to Stuttgart on a Saturday morning and watched people on their morning walks through the small towns or sitting by the river alongside the rail enjoying a beautiful early fall day. You see people living and the perfectly stacked firewood of the Swiss and Germans. You also see the names of towns and I passed a town called Rottweil and looked it up and the Rottweiler dog was named for this town having been "used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market." (Wikipedia). You just can't see that from a plane. You can tell the economic vitality as you enter a city by rail by how many cranes you see along the way as you entern the city. Zurich and Hamburg have thriving economies based on this measure. The most interesting thing I have seen are these small shanty towns near the smaller rail stations along the way where it appear there are small sheds and gardens. I can't tell if people live there or if they just have small gardens in these areas. The most interesting thing is I see nearly each small plot has a flag flying above the small huts on the walled off properties like but in both Switzerland and Germany I saw flags of many other nations and in particular Israeli flags in quite a few. I'm not sure how to find out more about these communites but I hope to along the way.

    Pictures from the train while in Switzerland and southern Germany.
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